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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: he threatened "fire and fury". now president trump says he may not have been tough enough. they can be very, very nervous. i'll tell you what. and they should be very nervous because things will happen to them like they never thought possible. british police reveal the shocking scale of modern slavery and human trafficking across the uk. another twist in the tale of diplomats suffering hearing loss in cuba. now canada says it's investigating. writer and filmmaker michael moore is making his broadway debut. the oscar winner tells us why he's saving a presidential box. president trump has again threatened north korea.
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if the regime in pyongyang thinks about attacking the united states, he said, "things will happen to them like they never thought possible. "they will be in trouble like few nations have ever been." he also suggested his earlier threat that north korea faces "fire and fury" might not have been tough enough. his defence secretary has warned that war would be catastrophic, and insisted diplomacy is yielding results. from washington, nick bryant reports. it's from his golf club in newjersey during his working vacation that donald trump is managing this stand—off. and this afternoon he was back in his trademark suit and tie, and using his trademark tough talk, his response to the latest threats from pyongyang. i will tell you this, if north korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack, of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous.
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i'll tell you what. and they should be very nervous, because things will happen to them like they never thought possible. earlier this week he warned north korea of fire and fury, raising the chilling spectre of a nuclear confrontation. his only regret, maybe that fiery rhetoric wasn't incendiary enough. the people that were questioning that statement, was it too tough, maybe it wasn't tough enough. they've been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries, so if anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough. earlier, on news bulletins in north korea, the customary martial music and also an unusually specific military threat. translation: the hwasong 12 rocket will be launched by the north korean people's army and will cross japan and fly 3356 kilometres for 1065 seconds, before hitting the waters 30 to a0
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kilometres away from guam. this is the hwasong 12 missile on parade in pyongyang in spring. kim jong—un can back his fiery words with weaponry. today, on the tropical island of guam, it wasn't so much a case of fire and fury, as wet and wild. the news crews converging there producing what looked like tourist advertisements, people heading to the beach rather than fleeing. locals not particularly concerned at the threat that north korea missiles might soon come raining in. we're used to the whole ebb and flow of hearing that we're going to be bombed and then it not happening, and hearing about it again, so it's not anything that's new to us. it never follows through, so i wasn't really concerned. i think it's probably like a distraction maybe, maybe a political kind of move on the us and korea, so just to get attention, maybe. guam is in the firing line
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because it's american territory that's home to two big us military bases. an attack here would be an attack on america. as well as refusing to back down from his threat of fire and fury, donald trump did say he would consider negotiations. but while the rhetoric is being ratcheted up fears will grow of some terrible miscalculation that could turn this war of words into a major conflict. william inboden was an advisor on the national security council under president george w bush. he's currently professor of public affairs, at the university of texas. professor, good to talk to you. just over 20 years ago the clinton administration came close to pre—emptive strikes on north korea. how close would you say we are now
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between war —— the war between the us and north korea? probably as close now as we were in 1994 when the clinton administration gaveit 1994 when the clinton administration gave it serious consideration but i still don't think we are on the brink of war here. president trump's rhetoric notwithstanding it is clear that his advisers are looking for a diplomatic and peaceful solution. and yet north korea seems to see the us as an invading power that overturns nationstates in its own interests and will do so to north korea unless north korea puts on measures to deter that. they won't back down, will they? north korea doesn't want to give up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programme but whether they will use them is another matter. even though i don't support president trump was matt overwrought rhetoric and threats on this, he has made clear what has been long—standing us policy. if the north koreans use any of their weapons of us district ——
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weapons of mass destruction they will be met with overwhelming force. that's not quite the question. does it mean we have to get used to as a world a nuclear armed north korea and somehow try to contain it? well, the two options are really either contain them and deter them or push for some sort of peaceful regime change. tightening up our sanctions, using more information warfare against the north korean government, exposing north korean people to alternative viewpoint is that the state's topic and and bringing some internal pressure on the regime. —— propaganda. president trump should be directing his rhetoric to beijing, not pyongyang. i'm sure you have these discussions when you were in government. china is a problem, isn't it? it wants to see the us com pletely isn't it? it wants to see the us completely out of the korean peninsular. china has decided that the last thing they want to see it is regime collapsed in north korea
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ora is regime collapsed in north korea or a peacefully re— unified korean peninsular and that's where the us should be directing diplomacy, at china, saying we will be sanctioned chinese companies that are laundering north korean money and providing parts and technology to north korean nuclear and missile programmes. china has a double game on this and i pick we need to change thatis on this and i pick we need to change that is to realise it isn't in their interests to keep propping up the north korean regime. thank you very much. more on this fast developing story online. you'll find context and analysis on what it means for the region and the countries central to the north korea crisis at the bbc website. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the kenyan electoral commission has rejected opposition allegations that hackers influenced the result of the presidential election, saying the accusations are baseless. 0fficials insist the computer system was secure and that an attempt at hacking targeted the wrong server. venezuela's president has been
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making a defiant speech to the newly—elected constituent assembly, which he intends will take overfrom parliament, which is dominated by the opposition. nicolas maduro won frequent applause from the assembly, which is dominated by his supporters. he accused his critics, particularly in the us, of imperialism and interference. the scandal over contaminated eggs in europe is still spreading. 20 tons of infected eggs have been sold in denmark where authorities say boiled and peeled eggs were found to contain traces of fipronil, an insecticide used to rid animals of fleas, lice and ticks. the former head of the ride—sharing company uber is being sued by one of its biggest investors. benchmark capital, which owns 13% of uber, has accused travis kalanick of conspiring to make a comeback by increasing the size of the board and filling new seats with his supporters. modern slavery and human trafficking has become so widespread
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that there are victims in every large town and city in britain. the uk's national crime agency says there are likely to be tens of thousands of victims. here's our social affairs correspondent, dominic casciani. another day, another anti—slavery operation. over the last six months, the national crime agency has co—ordinated operations to smash trafficking and slavery gangs. this suspected brothel run in north—east england isjust one of many that's been raided. today, a new analysis from the agency suggests the true scale of modern slavery is far greater than previously expected. this man from croatia was coerced into hard labour. a gang controlled his life for four months until he got out. it is just horrible. just horrible. even now ijust feel like my heart has stopped beating a little bit. i think we cannot call them people.
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modern—day slaves are attracted to the uk by gangs promising a better life and coerced into work they can't escape from. women forced into prostitution make up to £600 a day. men are trapped to work in food processing and agriculture. they are on the high street in nail bars and carwashes. you are more likely than ever before to unwittingly come into contact with one. this cannabis farm in a suburban home is under control of a gang. it is impossible to count all of the victims because, like this enterprise, they are hidden from view. but investigators say the more they look, the more they find. we've seen people as young as 13 and 14 being sexually exploited and forced into prostitution. it is a growing problem which we think there is a shared responsibility across the uk to address.
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some critics say the nca has been too slow off the mark, a charge they deny. it says there has been a surge in police response. charities say there are obvious signs someone is being held against their will. their passports are taken off them. they are forced to work against their will. they are held in squalid conditions. the trafficker controls their finances and movement. in small villages there are fewjobs and no money. a new online campaign from the national crime agency. it's pledging to carry on raids every month. but investigators say they will still need the help of the public to find all the victims. canada's foreign ministry is investigating why at least one of its diplomats stationed in cuba has needed treatment for hearing loss and headaches. yesterday, it emerged american diplomats in havana have experienced strange physical symptoms. us media are suggesting cuban agents may have used a covert sonic device that causes hearing loss. this was perhaps the highest point in us—cuban relations over
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the past 60 years. the moment amid much pomp and ceremony where the long shuttered us embassy in havana was reopened in august, 2015. however, in this tangled and troubled relationship, it is always good to expect the unexpected. never more so than with this latest plot twist. in late 2016, several us embassy staff in havana began to report headaches and loss of hearing. as things got worse, they returned to the us for treatment. us officials in cuba began to investigate. some familiar with the case have suggested a sonic device was placed inside or outside the diplomats' homes. for now, the state department is saying little. we don't have definitive answers about the source or cause of what we consider to be incidents.
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since 2016 you don't know what the answer is? we need to give them examinations. initially they started reporting what i liked to call "symptoms." it took time to figure out what it was and this is still ongoing. as a result, in may, two cuban diplomats in washington, dc were asked to leave the country but were not labelled as persona non grata. for its part, the cuban government released an announcement on television saying the claims were unsubstantiated. they also staunchly defended their track record in protecting international diplomats on the island. however, the incident comes after a recent downturn in relations. after president 0bama made improved ties with cuba, president trump has rolled back the easing of relations. the idea of diplomats from the us losing their hearing through some sort of device
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is unlikely to help. this latest twist in the long and convoluted relationship between the united states and cuba is straight out of a cold war spy novel and one that most cubans thought was behind them. from the warmth under the 0bama administration, it does nothing to help the frayed ties under donald trump. many hope it will help get to the bottom of this bizarre incidents. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: taking time out to make an important call. the new installation designed to help meditation in the dublin mountains. the big crowds became bigger as the time of the funeral approached.
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as the lines of fans became longer, the police prepared for a hugejob of crowd control. idi amin, uganda's brutalformer dictator, has died at the age of 80. he's been buried in saudi arabia, where he lived in exile since being overthrown in 1979. 2 billion people around the world have seen the last total eclipse of the sun to take place in this millenium. it began itsjourney off the coast of canada, ending three hours later when the sun set over the bay of bengal. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: president trump has again threatened north korea if, as he put it, it even thinks about attacking the united states. he's also suggested his earlier threat of "fire and fury" may not have been tough enough. britain's national crime agency says the scale of modern slavery and human trafficking in the uk is worse than previously thought. it's official, 2016 was the warmest year on record. the national oceanic and atmospheric administration says that is the result of global warming combined with a strong el nino weather phenomenon. now, the report was led by researchers from the noaa, where jeremy mathis directs a research team. hejoins me live from honolulu. jeremy. so we are moving further and further to implications affecting people around the world ? to implications affecting people around the world? 2016 was the
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warmest year on record since record—keeping began. we are seeing disastrous wildfires in canada and other locations to the fact that in 2016, nearly a third of all land surfaces on earth were experiencing some level of drought conditions. surfaces on earth were experiencing some level of drought conditionsm there anything being done about it that we can get together and do? certainly, reducing greenhouse gases which we recognise is one of the drivers of the change we are seeing. but we also have to start thinking about strategies for dealing with the challenges that are starting to come along as we begin to face the changes in our weather patterns and climate in general. i know you have to a nswer climate in general. i know you have to answer this question a lot, you will know some people, some close to the president of the us, they think climate science is either a conspiracy by scientists around the world to damage american
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manufacturing and trade, orjust sloppy science that cannot be trusted, natural fluctuations in sloppy science that cannot be trusted, naturalfluctuations in the climate, nothing caused by humans, nothing humans can do anything about. what do you say when people put that to you? the opportunity we have when we put out these reports, and this is the 27th year that we have published this statement, the climate report, the facts and the data in this report are unassailable. they are peer—reviewed from the science community around the world and our unquestionable. that is the best we can do. we present the data and we present the information and we lived up to the policy makers to decide the options they want to take. —— leave it up to. but it is absolutely unassailable. thank you very much. thank you for having me. mexico football captain, rafael marquez, has denied us accusations that he has links
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with a drugs cartel. in a news conference, mr marquez said he would co—operate with investigations, after he was singled out by the us treasury department for sanctions, freezing any of his assets that fall under usjurisdiction. he is one of 21 people under investigation for alleged drug trafficking ties. translation: i categorically deny any type of relationship with this organisation and the activities referred to in the media stories. i understand the legal situation i find myself in and i will immediately focus my energy on the clarification of the fact with my tea m clarification of the fact with my team of lawyers. —— facts. taylor swift has said she was groped
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bya dj. the music superstar claims david mueller put his hand up her skirt and grabbed her backstage at a concert in denver four years ago. the dj was sacked when the singer's management complained. he denies the claims and is now suing herfor slander. police in london have arrested a man on suspicion of pushing a woman into the path of a bus. the cctv footage showed a malejogger knocking a pedestrian onto the road as she walked across a bridge on the river thames. the 33—year—old women only escaped serious injury thanks to the quick reactions of the bus driver. the bus can be seen swerving to avoid the woman's head. a new installation in the dublin mountains is causing a stir. the wind phone is supposed to be a place to reflect on life and loss. sarah corker reports. nestled in the mountains, high above the city of dublin, this is the wind phone. it is made from recycled materials, from an old door to salvaged floorboards. but it is no ordinary phone. you can't actually make any calls.
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and to put it here is something of a mystery. this mountain biker saw it being installed. we came over and saw what appeared to be a telephone box. and there were three lads working away, drilling the foundations of the telephone box. so we went down and said goodbye, and they explained to us all about the project. the group behind the installation wishes to remain anonymous. according to a note inside, it is a private space to meditate on life and loss, a place where you can speak privately and openly, and the words will be carried away on the wind to wherever you want them to go. the project's inspired by a similar wind phone injapan, a place for those dealing with grief after the 2011 tsunami. the dublin mountains are popular with hikers, who are certainly intrigued. it is a lovely concert.
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it is quite soothing. for one reason or another, it is very in touch with the surroundings. the group picked this spot because of the view, the wind, and the privacy, and they hope will become a special place for many to visit. sarah corker, bbc news. american filmmaker, michael moore, is best known for his documentaries and liberal political views but tonight he will be making his broadway debut. it probably comes as no surprise that the one man show takes satirical swipes at president trump and his attempts to inspire his followers with optimism. tom brook went to a preview performance in new york. it's a hot ticket — michael moore on broadway, skewering president trump. he was saying "i'm going to make you all rich, i'm going to make you all rich!" but it's not a non—stop anti—trump rant. it's something gentler.
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he regales audiences with anecdotes from his life, where small actions brought significant change. it is supposed to bring inspirational comfort to liberals still gutted by donald trump's victory. millions of people have been depressed for a good nine or ten months. and — and so i'm trying to give people maybe a sense of hope to not give up, don't be filled with despair, and, you know, liberals, democrats, have won six of the last seven presidential elections with the popular vote. the majority of americans are with us. at the stage door, the verdict from moore's fans was positive. it was inspiring. it was hysterically funny. he was great. iadmired him before, and after seeing him the show, i want to ask him to marry me. to marry you? yes. with your show, though, aren't you just preaching to the converted? yes, yes. the converted needs — needs — they want to hear a few things
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that we can do. the choir that we are preaching to wants a song to sing. the hype surrounding the new show cannot camoflage the fact that he might not be the pleasant political firebrand that he once was. there's a certain segment of the left that still worships him. or at least respects him. but i don't think he is seen as a bellwether of how liberals think any more. and i think, in fact, there is not one any more. it has become very divided. he does not have the power levels that he once had. which is surprising, because he was the only person on the left of note to predict that donald trump would actually win the presidency. michael moore will be on broadway for a 12—week run. the production has a lofty goal. its tagline poses a question: can a broadway show bring down a sitting president? the answer is, it isn't very likely. but michael moore is not giving up. once the show is over, he has fahrenheit 11/9 in the works, a new anti—trump documentary. what are the chances? many things
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get washed up on beaches. people on the norfolk coast were in for a surprise. it is very surreal. those are people walking on a massive pipe. it measures 100m long, two metres in diameter. coast guards say they were being towed to nigeria when they came free. that main news again. generaljames mattis has said american efforts to resolve the crisis with north korea's nuclear programme are still being led with diplomacy and war would be catastrophic. those remarks in stark contrast to donald trump is said his threat to release fire and fury on pyongyang may not have been tough enough. on thursday, north korea gave details about plans to fire four missiles at guam, which has two american bases on it. much more on
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the website. as always, thanks for watching. hello there. thursday was a fine day for most of us, and the weekend isn't looking too bad either. we just have friday to get through first. because things will be turning increasingly cloudy. we'll see some outbreaks of rain. in fact, already, some wet weather already in north—western areas. an area of low pressure sliding across the north of the british isles. tightly squeezed isobars — notice the white lines quite tightly packed. that shows us that the winds will be quite strong. stong gales at times across areas of scotland, with areas of rain working from west to east. but for the midlands, eastern england, in the south and the south—east, it'll start off dry and bright, and will stay that way for good parts of the day. cloud only very slowly increasing from the west. so even by 4pm in the afternoon, for east anglia, down to the south—east, there should be some sunshine around. 22—23 degrees is quite possible. mainly fine for the channel islands. just a bit of patchy rain creeping in here. that patchy rain continuing to work across the south—west of england. most of it quite light and patchy. perhaps some heavier bursts
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for coasts and hills. similar story there across wales. 16 degrees in cardiff for the middle of the afternoon. for northern ireland, even though the main area of rain will have cleared away by this stage, there's like to be some cloud left behind, some drizzle. so was true for much of scotland. but to the north, the murray firth, aberdeenshire, they can see some brightness holding on. if that happens, temperatures could get to about 20 degrees. rather cloudy and a little damp across much of northern england. as we go through friday night into the early hours of saturday, the heaviest bursts of rain will have cleared away. but there's still gonna be cloud, mist, murk and drizzle around. not a chilly night by any means, 13—16 degrees. and for some, it is going to be a struggle to clear that cloud away during saturday morning. the frontal systems really dragging their heels, particularly across the south of the british isles. generally speaking, high pressure takes charge of the scene for the weekend, which means it will be largely dry, with some spells of sunshine. as you can see, though, quite a cloudy start for saturday. that cloud struggling to break up too much in southern areas. there'll be the odd spot of drizzle around. but northern england,
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northern ireland, and scotland, the skies will brighten. we'll see some spells of sunshine and perhaps a shower for scotland, north—east england. temperatures nothing to write home about, but in the sunshine it won't feel too bad. and with high pressure right on top of the country on sunday, it should be mainly fine day. good spells of sunshine, and you would be unlucky to get a shower, 16—22 degrees. so, quieter through the weekend, but things will turn unsettled again into the start of next week, with rain at times, particularly in the north—west. this is bbc news. the headlines: president trump has again threatened north korea. if the regime in pyongyang thinks about attacking the united states, he said, "things will happen to them like they never thought possible". his defence secretary, james mattis, said war would be "catastrophic" and insisted diplomacy was bearing fruit. modern slavery and human trafficking has become so widespread
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there are victims in every large town and city in britain. the uk's national crime agency says there are likely to be tens of thousands of victims. there were 111 arrests across the uk in may and june. canada is investigating why at least one of its diplomats stationed in cuba has needed treatment for hearing loss and headaches. american diplomats in havana have also experienced strange physical symptoms. us media suggest cuban agents may have used a covert sonic device that causes hearing loss. one
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